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a. written instructions from a physician, dentist, etc., to a pharmacist stating the form, dosage strength, etc., of a drug to be issued to a specific patient
b. the drug or remedy prescribed
2. (of drugs) available legally only with a doctor's prescription
a. written instructions from an optician specifying the lenses needed to correct defects of vision
b. (as modifier): prescription glasses
4. Law
a. the uninterrupted possession of property over a stated period of time, after which a right or title is acquired (positive prescription)
b. the barring of adverse claims to property, etc., after a specified period of time has elapsed, allowing the possessor to acquire title (negative prescription)
c. the right or title acquired in either of these ways



written instructions from a physician to a pharmacy for the preparation and issuance of a medicine and also containing directions on how to administer the medicine. Prescriptions are written according to definite forms and rules. A simple prescription is written for a single medicinal substance, and a compound prescription is written for a medicine that consists of two or more ingredients. A prescription is a legal document, since it makes it possible to verify whether a medicine has been prepared correctly.

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To prescribe, RNs must have had three years' experience in the area in which they will be prescribing, completed a postgraduate diploma in RN prescribing for long-term and common conditions, completed a practicum with an authorised prescribes ie a nurse practitioner or a doctor, and have been assessed as competent by that authorised prescriber.
Rational prescribing is the process in which patients receive medications according to their clinical needs, in for a time period that is adequate for each individual, and cost must be as low as possible for the individuals and for the community as well.
MCO pharmacy directors, similarly, said that Januvia prescribing has increased because of e-prescribing programs, while branded rivals Onglyza and Tradjenta have been prescribed less often.
In Alberta, changes are being sought for limited RN prescribing of Schedule 1 drugs in order to meet specific needs in particular populations.
The burden of knowledge associated with medicines is vast and expanding, so it makes sense to share the task of prescribing while retaining an integrated system of care.
We identified 66 intervention studies to improve prescribing of antimicrobial drugs to hospital inpatients that met our inclusion criteria (16) and excluded 243 studies that were uncontrolled before and after studies (n = 164) or inadequate ITS studies (n = 79).
Pay for performance is driving a lot of electronic prescribing adoption because there is either direct reimbursement for prescribing or reimbursement for the types of care that can only really be done and tracked through electronic prescribing, Dr.
The racketeering conviction was based on the state's argument that Graves used his business for ongoing criminal activity by knowingly and recklessly prescribing opioids to patients without a medical purpose.
THE NURSING Council is to progress its specialist nurse prescribing proposal but do more work on community nurse prescribing.
Electronic prescribing is now well on its way to becoming mainstream practice," Surescripts president and chief executive officer Harry Totonis points out.